Imagine this: You’re a job seeker who hears about a virtual hiring event at a well-known company. This is perfect; you’ll be able to meet recruiters virtually, get your resume noticed, and hopefully secure an interview with a hiring manager. You head to the registration page and try to find additional details about the event, like where to sign up. But instead of finding what you’re looking for, you have to hunt for registration information by endlessly clicking.
Sounds like a recipe for disaster.
Virtual hiring event registration pages need to be captivating, intuitive, and informative. As a recruiter running a hiring event, you need to build a registration page that’s going to compel candidates to register and submit their resume. You need them to act now.
Wondering how to get started? Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to build an effective registration page for a virtual hiring event or virtual career fair — the first step to making your recruitment event a success.
What Is a Virtual Hiring Event Registration Page?
An event registration page (a.k.a. virtual hiring event landing page) is a web page where candidates can learn about a virtual hiring event and sign up to attend the event. The registration page should include essential elements, such as the event details, custom branding, and a sign-up form.
Many recruiters underestimate the value and importance of a virtual hiring event registration page. Writing up some quick copy and then forgetting about the page is a one-way ticket to disaster. Here’s why the registration page is so crucial to event success:
Worried about the nitty-gritty and technical aspects of creating a registration page? Not to worry — the Live Recruit platform makes the entire set-up process simple and easy. In fact, many of our clients set up their registration pages in less than 5 minutes!
How Do I Create an Effective Virtual Hiring Event Registration Page?
The Different Elements of a Virtual Hiring Event Registration Page
Include the logistical details about the event, such as the name, when it’s taking place, the duration, the time zone, and the recruiters attending the event. All of these details let candidates know what to expect.
Here are the different registration page elements and details you should include:
General Best Practices for Virtual Recruitment Event Landing Pages
#1: Create a Compelling Offer
Lost time is never found again. Your virtual hiring event may be free, but you’re still asking candidates to give up a valuable resource: their time.
You need to motivate candidates to register by crafting a compelling, worthwhile offer. Why should they join your virtual hiring event? What can they expect to gain? An effective registration page will focus on the needs of candidates — not your own. What visitors to the page want to know is: “What’s in it for me?” Make sure you’ve answered that question effectively.
To get started, many candidates want to know who they’ll be meeting, why the hiring organization is a great place to work, and that there’ll be opportunities to meet hiring managers.
#2: Focus on Getting Candidates to Register
Your registration page should be centered around one objective: getting candidates to register for the virtual hiring event. Everything else on the web page — from the event details to the headlines and images — should drive candidates to register.
Additionally, make sure your CTA buttons are easy to find and clearly labeled. Consider using bright colors, such as neon green, and include one CTA button toward the top of the page and another directly below the form. They should also be clearly labeled, i.e., “Register” or “RSVP.”
#3: Showcase Your Recruitment Team
A major selling point of a virtual hiring event or career fair is the recruitment team. Candidates want to know that they’ll be meeting with people who can tell them about the company and help them secure a job. That means credentials matter.
On the registration page, showcase recruiters and hiring managers who’ll be attending the event. Include their name, headshot, and current job title.
#4: Experiment With the Registration Page
Each time you host a virtual hiring event, experiment with one or two elements of the landing page. As you figure out what works and what doesn’t, your pages will become more effective at getting sign-ups. For example, you can experiment with the sign-up form fields, headline, images, and registration text.
If you’re running an A/B test, only test one element at a time. If you change too much at once, it’ll be difficult to figure out what worked and what didn’t.
#5: Give Attendees Something to Look Forward To
#6: Set Expectations
#7: Use Engaging Images
#8: Make Sure Your Registration Page Is Optimized for Mobile
#9: Write Clear Copy
Clear and understable writing is highly effective. A good copywriting trick to keep in mind is: write in a way that a middle school student could easily comprehend. Candidates should be able to understand your copy even if they’re only half paying attention.
If you want to test the copy for clarity, ask a friend or colleague with no knowledge of the event to read the registration page. Make sure they can quickly and easily summarize the main points you’re trying to convey.
#10: Utilize SEO Keywords
#11: Be Consistent With Your Employer Brand Messaging
#12: Keep the Main Elements Above the Fold
Wrapping Up: Building Registration Pages for Virtual Hiring Events
Creating an effective registration page is the first step toward hosting a successful virtual recruitment event. The Live Recruit platform makes it easy to build beautiful registration pages and promote your events. In addition, using Live Recruit will give you access to our team’s 19+ years of recruitment marketing experience, ensuring that you attract top talent and fast-track the hiring process.
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